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Man that '75 Indian is gorgeous. I wouldn't use anything on that but a toothpick, dry only. The Virginia button is sweet too. Great stuff. The reins guide is a Terret, sometimes called a fly terret. The are a lot of discussions about what it's use is.  From superstition and evil spirits, to keeping flies away, mimicking the shimmer of a flies enemy's wing, to purely decorative hardware. Nice finds.

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11 minutes ago, schoolofhardNox said:

Man that '75 Indian is gorgeous. I wouldn't use anything on that but a toothpick, dry only. The Virginia button is sweet too. Great stuff. The reins guide is a Terret, sometimes called a fly terret. The are a lot of discussions about what it's use is.  From superstition and evil spirits, to keeping flies away, mimicking the shimmer of a flies enemy's wing, to purely decorative hardware. Nice finds.

Thanks! Led me right to this:

https://www.nationalhorsebrasssociety.org.uk/Core/Horse-Brass/Pages/terrets_swingers-32387.aspx

I stand corrected. 😀

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You're really advancing in your finds.  I attribute that to improved technique.

The token/medal appears to have a ship with three smokestacks with what look like a couple palm trees.  Even if so I still don't know what they mean.  I agree with school that the 1875 IHC appears to be in excellent condition.  That's one a person could drop the value considerably by poor cleaning/restoration methods, but I'm sure that's not you.

 

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4 minutes ago, GB_Amateur said:

You're really advancing in your finds.  I attribute that to improved technique.

The token/medal appears to have a ship with three smokestacks with what look like a couple palm trees.  Even if so I still don't know what they mean.  I agree with school that the 1875 IHC appears to be in excellent condition.  That's one a person could drop the value considerably by poor cleaning/restoration methods, but I'm sure that's not you.

 

Thanks GB,

That little medallion is a mystery for sure. I had your thought of a steamship, they were common here. It could also be a bunch of people in a canoe. 😀 It's a shame time/environment were cruel to it.

I'm not taking any chances with IHPs these days, just lightly wiped it and photographed it as is. When I find that 1877, I'll be even more careful! 🙂

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38 minutes ago, NAGANT said:

Great stuff! the small medal looks like a ship, maybe the USS Maine?

That's the hard part, but yes you might have something there. 🤔 Looks like 3 smokestacks on mine tho.

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Here's a link for info on the Virginia button:

https://www.virginiarelics.com/brands/virginia-relics/product/pc4752-2/

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Lots of digging there...you earned those fabulous finds...nice work 350. Liking the Virginia button esp.

strick

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Great finds is all anyone can say about it.

Very nice job on saving the relics and IH, wish you more luck on your next hunt.

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